Georges Dudognon Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Friends
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1960c Print Date 1960c
Dimensions 11-3/4 x 9-1/2 in. (298 x 241 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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About This Image
Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 - April 15, 1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, dramatist, novelist and critic. His longtime companion was Simone de Beauvoir, whom he met at the École Normale Supérieure in 1929. Blacklights only on the front indicating an early print, probably mid-1950s. The bar may be Les Deux Magots, which was a Sartre favorite. The photographer's stamp is on the verso. Dudognon was born in 1922 in La Rochelle. He worked all sorts of jobs and, in 1940, at the start of World War II, he turned printer in the shadows of the underground networks. There, he met the men and women who were to create the free press several years later. After the Liberation, then 22 years old, he haunted Saint-Germain-des-Prés, choosing photography as his way of recording the exuberance of the times. He photographed Boris Vian and Juliette Gréco, future jazz stars and philosophers, actors and artists and those the proper society called "the cellar rats". He also roamed the outskirts of Paris, photographing poverty and slums, and Parisian homeless. The impact of his images derives from his intuitive understanding of the period. In a Saint-Germain cellar or a general's quarters, he was in the right place at the right time because he had understood that history was in the making. His images were published in the major magazines of the day: Samedi-Soir, Action, Combat, France-Dimanche, Paris-Match, Opéra and Elle.
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